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Title: Chapter 9: The Jefferson Era


1
Chapter 9 The Jefferson Era
  • Section 1 Republicans in Power

2
Thomas Jefferson
  • 3rd U.S. President
  • Republican
  • Felt the Federalists had made the federal
    government too strong

3
Jefferson wanted to reduce the federal government
  • Cut the federal budget
  • Lower taxes

4
Laissez faire
  • French for let alone
  • Government should play as small a role as
    possible in economic affairs.

5
Adam Smith
  • Scottish economist and philosopher
  • Published The Wealth of Nations (1776)
  • Believed in laissez-faire economics.
  • Market forces, operating without government
    interference, would naturally work for
    self-interest and therefore for the good of all.

6
Limiting Federal Power
  • Jefferson tried to reduce the role of government
    in peoples lives.
  • decreased the size of gov. departments
  • cut the federal budget
  • asked Congress to repeal the unpopular Whiskey tax

7
Fast fact
  • When Thomas Jefferson became President in 1801,
    there were fewer than 1,000 federal employees.
    Today, the United States government employs more
    than 2 million people not counting those in the
    armed services (Davidson Stoff, p269, 1995).

8
Predicting
  • Do you think in the future of the United States
    the federal government will gain more or less
    control over its citizens daily lives?
  • Why do you think this?

9
What do you think?
  • Does the federal government have too much power
    today or not enough?
  • What are some examples?
  • Should the federal government have more control
    over the economy, or should it practice laissez
    faire economics? Why?
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